Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY for "Tea In The Garden"

It's a beautiful day and right now 
 the shade is on this north side
of the house - so let's sit and 
chat over a nice
cup of tea!

I thought I'd share the picnic basket I stained and decoupaged with Edith Holden's art work from the "The
 Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady". 
 I have really enjoyed revisiting
 this old craft of decoupage.

A bouquet made with
 flowers from my garden:

It is so thrilling having some of my
foxgloves come up that I planted last
year.  They would never come back
 in Colorado so this is wonderful.

I love old vintage linens - 
but most of you know that.

There is a work table for decoupage set
 up just inside this sliding glass door
 and I can sit with the door open
and hear the pond and enjoy the garden.

It's hard to believe it is almost June!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

UNDER THE PEACH TREE for "Tea In The Garden"

We are all so busy these days
 and now we have summer activities and
 gardening to keep us busy too.

With rain in the forecast this week, 
I went ahead and did a quick photo
shoot on Monday because I wanted
to share a little table set we found
on Sunday.
  We are out under the peach
tree on the other side of the pond today.

I am also sharing this little Royal Albert
Coffee set that I found at an Estate Sale a few
weekends ago and yes we can use
it for tea if we want too.  

Last fall my husband and I gave our peach tree

a major pruning.  I think it is 15 years old and
had never been pruned and was in bad shape.  
I have quite a few bird houses in the tree and
a house wren lives in the pink one. She's not
real happy with me today so here she is.

Please help yourself to tea.

I have to tell you something funny that
 happened Monday.  A big yellow lab must 
of gotten loose from who knows where. 
 He came up in our yard and got into the
 back yard as I had the gate open. In no
time he jumped in our koi/goldfish pond. 
 He made a mess knocking some big
 rocks into the water so you can imagine
 my husband and I chasing him around the
 yard and he was having great fun.
  We had to block up the 2 openings
 where we have yet to put in gates in
 the back.  You can see that in this photo.

If you would like to join me today I
 would love to have you participate
 in my tea related blog party at the bottom
of this post.

And a little sign on my front porch:

Sharing at other blog parties as well:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Today I decided to pick peonies rather than
letting them hang to the ground
 in 80 + degree weather knowing 
they would be quickly spent.

It's time to put away that spring daffodil
floral on the front door......all the
daffodils are long gone here.

This is when those cool Colorado nights would
come in handy as they kept flowers from "progressing
along" to full bloom and ending.  I heard it
might snow tomorrow in Colorado though.

Have I showed you the bird bath I
got at an estate sale on the 1/2 day?
Very heavy concrete too for $25.00.

If I was giving out free advice it would
 be this - enjoy
every day of summer as it goes so fast.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A LOVING BIRDS TEA for "Tea In The Garden"

Sunday on Mother's Day - we had our
very first Hummingbird arrive by our deck.

It seems like a good time to celebrate
all the wonderful birds we love!

We have lovely singing house wrens
 in 3 birdhouses hanging in our yard
 and there is a Nuthatch in the teapot
birdhouse......I can hear tiny babies inside.

The Spider Wort was from my
 Daughter In Law last year.
All the flowers she gave me to
help me get started in a new
garden - are doing well.

I am happy to report there are no 
screaming "Chorus" frogs in
our pond right now. 

If you would like to join me by posting a link
to your tea post - just link at the bottom.

I always enjoy sharing at:

Thursday, May 11, 2017


I love having a vase of flowers on
our entrance porch to greet guests!

I want to really enjoy every step
of the garden journey this year:

My biggest garden challenge lately is
learning to recognize seedlings.  I
find some of them to be harder.
Yes, I marked them but when we had
some terrible rain storms my
system got a little discombobulated!

sharing this post at:
Home Sweet Home

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

IN CELEBRATION OF MAY for "Tea In The Garden"

I am so happy that May finally arrived.
Happy spring days are here again.
Almost every birdhouse in our yard
is occupied and unavailable.

We don't have to depend on the 
market for  flowers for our bouquets - that's
always nice isn't it?

It is so wonderful to see the sunshine too.

Today I am using my Bavarian
 tea set
with wildflowers on it.

 A little collage showing what's blooming:

I recently have enjoyed reviving
an old interest in decoupage and this
was an old hat box I did with Edith
Holden's art by cutting up one of her books.